Announcement: Guitar Effects Pedals

30th January

The sounds of the electric guitar are an art form in their own right and have come to dominate the music industry, but it could not have done this on its own. Alongside the guitar, external pieces of equipment have been invented and developed called Guitar Effects Pedals. These Guitar Pedals alter the sound, tone or pitch of the guitar giving the artist his unique sound or identifying a music genre.
The range of Effects Pedals used by electric guitars is huge, so only the most common ones used will be discussed here.
Distortion Pedals.
One group of very popular Effects Pedals is the distortion type of effects. These effects are produced by distortion pedals, which “flatten” the top and bottom of the signal from the guitar. Distortion effects can be sub-divided into four main groups: overdrive, crunch, hi-gain and fuzz. You can often recognize the artist or style of music by the effect used.
Volume effects.
This is where a pedal pressed down or let up to adjust the level of the volume. The guitarist uses this pedal during a performance to adjust the volume or to fade in and out. This is useful during a performance to lower the guitar volume down to allow the vocals to be heard.
The other pedals that also fall into this group are the Tremolo and Compressor pedals.
Delay or echo, looping, and reverberation.
The delay or echo pedal, copies the incoming signal from the guitar, delays it slightly and repeats it either once for a “slap” effect or many times for an “echo” effect. Looping is when a passage is copied and then played back, accompanying that passage as it is played. Reverb is the persistence of a sound after the original sound has gone. It is in effect a large and extended number of echoes.
Modulation
Modulation type effects include a number of devices, the vibrato pedal, the phase shifter and the flanger. A vibrato pedal creates its sound by synchronizing a standard speaker’s volume oscillation, frequency-specific volume oscillation, vibrato, phase shifting and chorusing. A phase shifter pedal creates a “whooshing” noise, something similar to a Jet plane. A Flanger pedal makes the sound of a tape slowing down and then speeding up again, as if someone held something against the flange and let go again.
If you are seriously interested in Guitar Pedals and would like to know more, including how to sound like your favourite guitarist or a classic song, then I would recommend “Guitar Effects Pedals” by Dave Hunter. An experienced guitar player, Dave Hunter offers insight from the top builders and tips on how to get the most from each pedal. He also dissects chains used by top guitarists in creating memorable recordings. The accompanying CD features standard as well as unusual sounds from a wide range of Guitar Pedals, as well as classic combinations used by the guitar greats.

 

Learn How to Build or Mod your own Guitar Effects Pedals CLICK HERE.


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How To Use Guitar Pedals

16th January

How To Use Guitar Pedals

Guitars play an important song in modern music. In rock and pop, guitars have become expected fixtures. Electric guitars have soared in popularity since the early twentieth century. Musicians such as Jimmy Hendrix and Carlos Santana also helped escalate the popular appeal of the sound of electric guitars.

Electric guitars basically amplify sound through amplifiers. Popular rock songs often employ “distortion effects” from electric guitars for a fun and funky sound. Those effects are made using pick-ups and “guitar pedals.” Guitar pedals are also known as multi-processors and allow musicians to experiment with a variety of different sound types.
Guitar pedals offer a wide range of options for the guitarist who wants to add something extra to their playing. Recent technological advances have added many new features to guitar pedals, and multi-processor pedals have become the new standard. Best of all, a guitar pedal offers a variety of features in one small package.
If you are a guitarist and you want to develop your technique and style, then you definitely need a guitar pedal. Amateur guitarists should opt for basic guitar pedals. However, for the ‘pros’, there are innumerable guitar pedals available which will leave you asking for more.
You can get amazingly good pedals when you visit an online guitar store. An online guitar store is a great source which allows you to choose from a number of electric guitars and guitar pedals. Just browse any online”guitar center” and you’ll find amazing deals on guitars and other guitar gear.

 

Learn How to Build or Mod your own Guitar Effects Pedals CLICK HERE.